This bustling Midtown spot serves up big metal bowls of crawfish to adoring diners who immediately set to customizing the seasonings and spice level (crab, shrimp, and lobster are also available in this Viet-Cajun preparation). Rounding out the substantial menu are items like banh mi, blackened and fried seafood, and pho. Our feast started with the Bahn Xeo Tacos, two crispy wonton wrappers filled with caramelized pork belly and shrimp, matchstick carrots, and cucumbers. More, please! Next came seafood pho, arriving as a steaming bowl of fragrant, citrusy broth boasting a heaping pile of rice noodles and fresh shrimp (though the fish balls tasted like imitation crab). Wing-Less Dragon Noodles exceeded expectations: a generous platter of mildly spicy char-grilled chicken bites, tail-on shrimp, and sliced beef atop angel hair egg noodles.
Drinks: Beer, wine & sake